Jerk-Spiced Chicken and Pineapple Traybake

4 Servings

50 minutes 20 minutes active

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Chunks of fresh pineapple and whole habanero chilies roast alongside bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, the whole lot seasoned with mixture of dried thyme and Jamaican jerk spice. After roasting, the lightly caramelized fruit and softened chilies are tossed with lime juice and pan juices to make a sweet-savory accompaniment. The final sprinkle of lime zest is key—it perks up the dish with fruity flavor but without the addition of acidity. To simplify prep, purchase an already peeled and cored pineapple.



50 minutes

20 minutes active


  • 2

    teaspoons dried thyme

  • 2

    teaspoons jerk seasoning

Amanda M.
June 20, 2022
So good that I am making it again for a dinner party with friends.
Wendy P.
March 13, 2023
A question:
What did everyone serve with this? (I wish MS would suggest good / appropriate ideas for go-withs. Rice and broccoli? or something less ordinary? How much juice is there really? Did anyone add some chicken broth to make a bit more gravy? How much heat do the 4 chilies give off during cooking? Thinking maybe to roast all 4 but only chop one and return it to the tray juices, tossing the other three. Thanks for your insight. (PS. I haven't made this yet but I had to give it a rating in order to ask my questions. The rating is based on all the other input I read.)
Suhail A.
January 16, 2023
Good recipe
Watch the habanero chillies. It turned out too spicy
Kathleen J.

This is excellent easy and tasty. It was a bit too salty for me so the 2nd time we omitted the salt (the jerk seasoning we mixed had a little in it and we can add more plate-side if desired). This is going to be a regular in the rotation when pineapple is available

Sue E.

I thought I had Jerk seasoning, but it was creole. I added spices to the creole and used that. My husband and I loved the chicken. I would definitely recommend it. I used less salt than called for and used less chicken with and didn’t decrease the spice. It will be made again.

Peter Chris S.

I made jerk seasoning from this recipe: Dish came out very flavorful, but surprisingly spicy for a Christopher Kimball joint. I like spicy food, but even so next time I would cut the habaneros from 4 to 1, or seed them to tame the heat, to make this friendlier for my family. The pineapple is INSANE with the chicken, you'll want pineapple in every bite. I served with baked potatoes and spooned the sauce (which is quite thin, as it's chicken juices, habaneros, and fruit juices) into them.